June 17, 2024

Florida A&M Suspends Football Team Activities After Rap Video Shoot

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida A&M has banned its players from team facilities after a rap video in which several Rattlers were shot in their locker room without proper permission.

Coach Willie Simmons told The Associated Press on Saturday that the team facility, weight room and access to the stadium field were off limits to all players until he and the administration could sort out who was involved in the video.

The only exception is players who need medical attention from doctors and athletic trainers, he said.

Simmons said they planned to meet with players featured in the video over the weekend and a staff meeting is scheduled for Monday. The players were not immediately identified.

“We will decide at that point whether there is a need to impose more severe penalties,” Simmons told the AP.

The rapper in the video is Real Boston Richey, who is from Tallahassee, where the Florida A&M campus is located. Richey, whose real name is Jalen Foster, performed at Florida A&M’s homecoming game last season.

Simmons said FAMU administration alerted him Friday about the video posted on social media. He later announced that team activities would be suspended with a tweet.

Simmons said in the post that while he is an advocate of free speech and all forms of musical expression, the staff has a responsibility to protect the image of the university.

“The video contained graphic language inconsistent with Florida A&M’s core values, principles and beliefs, and an internal investigation is underway to determine who authorized the use of not only the athletic facility at Galimore-Powell, but also licensed apparel in violation of university branding and licensing agreements,” Simmons wrote.

Southern Athletic Conference He will hold a football media day for his 12 members on Tuesday in Birmingham, Alabama. Simmons said Florida A&M still plans to attend.

FAMU athletic department spokesman Josh Padilla said quarterback Jeremy Moussa and defensive back Javan Morgan are expected to participate in SWAC Media Day and did not appear to be involved in the unauthorized filming of the video in the locker room.

The Rattlers are scheduled to have their first practice on August 4th. They open the season at home against Jackson State on September 3rd.

Simmons has posted a 33-12 record since taking over in December 2017, including three straight nine-win seasons.

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